Over on Medium, Julio Vincent Gambuto has written an eye opening and thought provoking item about the US and its future over the next year.
Pretty soon, as the country begins to figure out how we “open back up” and move forward, very powerful forces will try to convince us all to get back to normal. (That never happened. What are you talking about?) Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising, messaging, and television and media content to make you feel comfortable again. It will come in the traditional forms — a billboard here, a hundred commercials there — and in new-media forms: a 2020–2021 generation of memes to remind you that what you want again is normalcy. In truth, you want the feeling of normalcy, and we all want it.
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What the trauma has shown us, though, cannot be unseen. A carless Los Angeles has clear blue skies as pollution has simply stopped. In a quiet New York, you can hear the birds chirp in the middle of Madison Avenue. Coyotes have been spotted on the Golden Gate Bridge. These are the postcard images of what the world might be like if we could find a way to have a less deadly daily effect on the planet. What’s not fit for a postcard are the other scenes we have witnessed: a health care system that cannot provide basic protective equipment for its frontline; small businesses — and very large ones — that do not have enough cash to pay their rent or workers, sending over 16 million people to seek unemployment benefits; a government that has so severely damaged the credibility of our media that 300 million people don’t know who to listen to for basic facts that can save their lives.
The cat is out of the bag. We, as a nation, have deeply disturbing problems. You’re right. That’s not news. They are problems we ignore every day, not because we’re terrible people or because we don’t care about fixing them, but because we don’t have time. Sorry, we have other $#!+ to do.
As Gambuto described it, this is The Great Pause. Right now, you DON’T have too much to do. You DO have time to get politically involved, to pay attention, to act and to speak up. Be aware of what’s going on.
Cheetolini attempted to shut down the US Postal Service by refusing to sign any “stimulus” bill that funded the USPS. If there’s no cheap postal mail, next fall’s election will be the biggest Poll Tax in US history. Only those who can afford delivery and pickup of their vote by courier (i.e. the wealthy and white) will be able to vote by mail.
President Trump reportedly threatened to veto Congress’s recent $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package if aid to the United States Postal Service (USPS) – which has been hemorrhaging money due to the pandemic – was included in the final version of the bill, The Washington Post reported.
“We told them very clearly that the president was not going to sign the bill if [money for the Postal Service] was in it,” a Trump administration official told the paper. “I don’t know if we used the v-bomb, but the president was not going to sign it, and we told them that.”
Initially, lawmakers had agreed to include a $13 billion direct grant to the Postal Service that it wouldn’t have to pay back. Instead, the country’s mail service had to settle for a $10 billion loan that made it into the final version of the bill that was signed into law.
Cheetolini wants abarely functional “economy” and people “back to work” at less than minimum wage to distract them. It’s not just farms that will be “encouraged” to pay starvation wages that will never go back to their original levels. With people distracted, forced back to work at half price and no voting by mail, who will have time to vote other than the 1%ers?
New White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is working with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to see how to reduce wage rates for foreign guest workers on American farms, in order to help U.S. farmers struggling during the coronavirus, according to U.S. officials and sources familiar with the plans.
Opponents of the plan argue it will hurt vulnerable workers and depress domestic wages.
Take notice. Take stock. Take action.